European Union politics
Populism in the European Union
Nationalism in the United Kingdom and the European Union
Ben is a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at Monash University. He researches the links between English nationalism and Euroscepticism that lie behind Brexit, as well as nationalism in the European Union and the politics of war commemoration.
He has worked in the House of Commons and for a public affairs company in Edinburgh advising clients on the impact of Scottish devolution, as an assistant curator at the National Museum of Australia and as a merchant seaman on the English Channel.
Ben has significant experience across all media platforms and is frequently sought for comment by mainstream media in Australia and overseas including ABC Radio and TV, SBS, Sky TV News and the BBC. He has written op ed pieces for publications such as The Australian Financial Review, Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, and The Conversation.
Ben Wellings's Articles
Governing for the greater good
Governments need to assess the consequences of their actions against the wellbeing of the most at-risk from the social and economic costs of the policy response to the pandemic.
A dog's Brexit
As Boris Johnson's tactics cause deep rifts within the Conservative Party, the UK faces a Brexit of radical conservatism – and plenty of risks.
Who's in charge of Britain?
Is there still such a thing as “the British people” in the singular? The deep divisions on Brexit highlight a case of the revolution eating itself.
Better candidates than BoJo
If Boris Johnson becomes British PM, the most likely outcome is a no-deal Brexit leavened with the rhetoric of past and future glories of the UK.
Amid the Brexit mess, Britain needs the Commonwealth and Australia like no time since World War II.
A kingdom not so united
As England agonises over Brexit, divisions have emerged in other parts of the UK, especially in Northern Ireland and Scotland.